Electives (36 units)
All students are required to take a minimum of 36 units of Ph.D. level electives. These electives provide depth in an area of relevance to the student. This requirement can be filled by a combination of mini’s (6 unit) and full (12 unit) courses. Please note that courses must be at the level of 08-700 or above to count as a COS elective. These electives can be drawn from a variety of sources:
- A specialized independent study on a topic for which there is not a regularly offered course. At most 12 units of independent study can count toward the COS elective requirement.
- Additional courses in COS
- Additional courses in SCS
- Additional Ph.D. level courses at CMU or University of Pittsburgh. At most one can be a course at the University of Pittsburgh.